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> Transforming the lives of disabled children and young adults in Gloucestershire.

Our mission

The Chamwell Centre will be an exciting and groundbreaking new facility built in the grounds of The Milestone Special School in Gloucester that supports the needs of disabled children and young adults across the county. These include:

> The School and its 308 pupils, all with severe and complex special needs, including 67 non-ambulant pupils, 

> Pupils and students with additional needs in pre-school, other schools and colleges.

> All those in the Community of Gloucestershire who can benefit from fully accessible facilities for therapies, sports, athletics, work experience and     leisure activities.

Our vision

Our vision is to enhance the lives of those with disability. We will provide access to an unrivalled range of services designed to improve their well-being, physical fitness, and social interaction and have a positive impact on how they feel about their lives as a whole. This will be achieved through the provision of a bespoke and ground-breaking centre dedicated to the needs of disabled children, young people and adults in Gloucestershire.

Our Aims

>      To make exercise, therapy, sport, leisure, social contact and work experience fully accessible to pupils of The Milestone School and the                        Gloucestershire community, no matter how challenging their physical needs or mental disability.

>      To replace the ageing hydrotherapy pool at The Milestone School with a new hydrotherapy resource that has the highest standards of water                quality and temperature control, professional aquatics teachers and physiotherapists on hand. It will also have an eight bay non-ambulant                    changing area with dual hoisting, ambulant changing facilities, a poolside therapy and consultation room and the latest sensory equipment and            teaching aids.

>      To provide additional facilities for fun, exercise, and imaginative play via:

o A fully accessible two-storey adventure soft play and sensory room with overhead hoisting, steps, slides and climbing equipment.

o A two-storey rebound therapy / trampolining gym, with accessible climbing wall and aerial ballet.

o A reconfigured outdoor campus to provide a safe and accessible outdoor play area and sports facilities.

o Multi-ability athletics in integrated training sessions at the Blackbridge Athletics Track.

o Multi-ability rugby in conjunction with Gloucester Rugby and the Longlevens Rugby Club. 

o Team and individual wheelchair sports

>      To provide a fully accessible café, atrium and meeting space for relaxation, social opportunities as well as work experience and space for young            enterprise projects.

        A ‘Changing Places’ bathroom will provide hoisting and toilet facilities for non-ambulant visitors.

>      The Centre will welcome everybody in the Gloucestershire community who needs its special services, including users of the local authority                  ‘Short Breaks’ programme.

>      To provide a multi-purpose area for therapies and medical consultations, meeting and teaching spaces in a holistic environment. These will be            delivered by doctors, nurses, therapists, special yoga practitioners, pre-school specialists and support groups for families coping with autism,              challenging behaviours and specific health issues.

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